THE TOWN’S only Catholic school has been given a good rating by Ofsted inspectors.
Thomas a Becket Junior School, described as a school which keeps children challenged and interested and looks after their pastoral needs, received Grade 2 good awards for its overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
Government inspectors visited the school, with 263 pupils on its register, earlier this year and said it is a little larger than most primary schools serving four Catholic parishes in Eastbourne with an above average of pupils coming from a range of minority ethic groups.
In the key findings, inspectors said outstanding provision is made for pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development.
They also said attainment at the end of Year 6 is consistently above average, nearly all pupils make good progress in all subject areas, teaching is good overall, behaviour and relationships throughout the school are positive with a culture of respect and co-operation and attendance and punctuality are high.
The inspectors said, “All parents and carers questioned feel their children make good progress in school and the pupils themselves are highly positive about their learning.
“Pupils join Year 3 with attainment that is broadly in line with, and sometimes above, national average.
“They make good progress and as they reach the top of the school, attainment is usually above average.
“The teaching of reading and writing is successful. Most pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals and those with English as an additional language, make good progress overall.”